3 years ago

Garlic and Herb Pork Roast

Craving comfort food? Try this delicious pork
roast recipe from Twin Cities food blogger
greens & chocolate.

There’s not much more that screams ‘comfort
food’ to me than a beef pot roast. Growing up, a pot roast with potatoes,
carrots and onions was my family’s go-to dinner, and I still think of it as a
meal that is stick-to-your-ribs good and so satisfying.  

I consider a pork roast as a fancier version
of a pot roast. Maybe it’s because I didn’t grow up eating much pork roast but
it just seems like a special treat to me. Plus, I always think of pork roasts
as being great for dinner parties which are, naturally, fancy!

While I’ve made lots of pork tenderloins with
various marinades, I’ve always wanted to do one that was full of fresh herbs
and garlic.  

However, the thing I hate about recipes that
call for a ton of different kinds of fresh herbs is when it’s not summertime
and I don’t have my herb pots overflowing with the fresh herbs! This means I
have to spend all that money on them and usually only end up using half of each
container before they go bad. I hate that!

But, as a sucker for all the fresh herbs, I
was 100% ready to drop more cash on the herbs than the meat (seriously, that
was the case). Until (cue the hero music) I saw Lunds & Byerlys has fresh
herb combo packs specifically for poultry and meat! The poultry mix, which can
be found in the produce section, is a combination of sage, rosemary and thyme,
and I also grabbed a pack of tarragon because it’s one of my favorite fresh
herbs. Not only was I not spending a ton of money on herbs, but I wasn’t going
to waste any either. Win, win!

This combination of herbs with a healthy dose
of fresh garlic, olive oil and lemon zest was perfect for a light but flavorful
marinade for the pork roast. I let ours sit for a few hours on the pork roast
but you could marinate it for as little as 30 minutes or up to overnight.  

Along with the pork roast I added onions and
potatoes, like my dad would with a beef roast, and then since I love Brussels
sprouts so much, I threw in a helping of those too. You could keep those out or
add other veggies like carrots, turnips or celery – whatever you prefer.

I served this with garlic bread and also made
sure to pour some of the juices from the meat and veggies over the finished
product. The juicier, the better, in my opinion!  

Whether you’re cooking a nice hearty meal for
your family or a group of friends, this pot roast will impress!

Garlic
and Herb Pork Roast

Serves
6-8

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme
  • 1½ tablespoon fresh tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • Zest of ½ a lemon
  • 3-4 pound pork roast
  • 2 pounds red new potatoes, quartered
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, halved
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Directions

  1. Combine sage, rosemary, thyme, tarragon,
    salt, olive oil, garlic and lemon zest in a small bowl.
  2. Spread over pork roast and let marinate
    for at least 30 minutes, up to overnight.
  3. Heat oven to 425 F.
  4. Place pork roast in roasting pan or Dutch
    oven.  
  5. Place diced potatoes, sliced onion and Brussels
    sprouts alongside the pork in the roasting pan or Dutch oven and drizzle with
    olive oil.
  6. Season with salt.
  7. Roast in oven for 15 minutes.
  8. Reduce oven temperature to 350 F and
    roast another 45-60 minutes, until the internal temperature of the pork reaches
    145 degrees.  
  9. Remove from oven and let rest for 15
    minutes.
  10. Slice pork into ½-inch slices.  
  11. Serve with potatoes, onions and Brussels
    sprouts. Enjoy!